The benefits of teeth straightening for teens

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The benefits of teeth straightening for teens


One of the main themes of Dental Health Week 2019 is the importance of maintaining your oral health. This includes keeping good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist for regular checkups.

Malocclusion of the teeth is also an oral health issue

In addition to these key messages, there are other oral issues that need to be considered to ensure good oral health. One of these issues that may affect a developing child, teen or even adult is malocclusion. Malocclusion is an oral condition where there is a misalignment of the top and bottom rows of teeth when they meet – as the jaws close.

There are a range of malocclusion conditions including: crowded teeth, over bites, under bites, cross bites and open bites.

Malocclusion can lead to a number of oral health complications including:

  • changes in the shape and appearance of the face,
  • wear and tear from night-time teeth grinding and/or daytime clenching,
  • tooth & jaw pain,
  • stress on jaw joints, and
  • discomfort when chewing or biting.

The benefits of realignment or teeth straightening:

  1. Better appearance and a straighter, more balanced smile to increase self-esteem
  2. Easier cleaning, care and maintenance of teeth and gums
  3. Eat better and more comfortably with correct chewing and biting action
  4. Less stress, wear, tear and damage on teeth and jaw joints
  5. Avoid jaw strain and pain with correct jaw alignment
  6. Less vulnerability to bacterial infections of tooth root tips

Do you need to straighten up?

A quick look will tell you if you or your child’s teeth need teeth straightening. However, consulting with your dentist is the best way to determine if you or your child would benefit from teeth straightening. Your dentist can conduct a full diagnostic assessment and recommend an orthodontic treatment option to straighten your child’s teeth.

Teeth straightening treatment options:

  • Metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual (inside) braces
  • Clear aligners, such as Invisalign
  • Removable plates

Choice Dental have a range of treatment options when it comes to straightening teeth. To find out if you can benefit from straightening your teeth, book a consultation with our specialist orthodontist.

Call our helpful reception on 07 3809 3320 to book or find out more.

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Oral health problems faced by children with special needs

Children with special needs include those with intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities, as well as those with chronic and complex medical problems. Meeting the oral health care requirements for these children can be a difficult task – not only for them but for their caregivers and dentists as well.

There are many serious oral health issues that are linked directly to certain medical conditions that affect children with disabilities.

The following oral conditions can occur in children with special needs:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism) affects children with cerebral palsy and other severe or profound levels of intellectual disability. Severe tooth wear from grinding can result in teeth being worn flat or tooth abrasion – which can lead to tooth loss.
  • Dental trauma (injury) is most common in children who experience seizures, uncontrolled protective reflexes or poor muscle coordination.
  • Dental/oral anomalies are abnormal variations in the development of teeth that are linked to inherited defects or spontaneous genetic mutations. Tooth anomalies include malformed, missing or extra teeth. They can affect children with ectodermal dysplasia (a genetic disorder that affects teeth, hair, nails and sweat glands), Down syndrome or cleft lip and/or palate.
  • Early onset periodontal disease may be experienced by children with immune response and connective tissue disorders.
  • Early, late, stagnant or erratic tooth eruption may happen to children with growth disturbances in their tooth formation and development.
  • Malocclusion (misalignment of upper teeth with lower teeth) and teeth crowding create problems for oral health care because affected teeth and their interdental spaces are harder to clean. Children with developmental disorders, craniofacial anomalies, muscular dystrophy and intellectual disabilities may be affected.

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In addition to the oral health conditions associated with a specific health disorder or disability, children with special needs may require assistance when going to see a dentist for their oral health care.

Children who experience physical disabilities may need help with physically accessing the dental environment, such as the dental chair. If that child experiences involuntary movements or reflexes, then safety measures need to be taken to ensure that they can receive dental treatment safely – especially when a dentist is using potentially harmful dental tools on a patient who cannot sit still.

For children with intellectual or behavioural problems (e.g. autism spectrum disorders), even the thought of visiting a dentist and entering a dental treatment room may cause them anxiety and distress.

If a child has a serious medical condition, such as HIV/AIDS or cancer, safety and preventative measures need to be in place before or during dental treatment.

It is vitally important to take into consideration all the needs of a child with a disability when planning, adapting and providing their oral health care. And don’t forget your family dentist who can support and guide you all the way.

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